Going Manali with friends is on every body’s bucket list after the release of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. So this summer, I along with my friends decided to go Manali as it was going to be our last trip before graduation. We booked 3 days 2 nights’ package which included transfers, breakfast, dinner, hotel, local sight-seeing and Rohtang Pass permit.
Usually, June is a month when you don’t need your hoodies and boots, but that’s not the case for Manali. Even in June, Manali’s temperature range from 25 – 8 degrees Celsius. So we packed our bags accordingly and started our trip to Manali. We left Delhi around 7 PM in a mini bus and stopped at Murthal for dinner before we scooted off to Manali.
We were in Manali by 8 o’clock in the morning and checked-in to our pre-booked hotel which I booked from EaseMyTrip as we got amazing discount, as soon as we reached there. Since it was a long journey and we all were very tired, we decided to take a nap, get ready and meet at hotel’s restaurant by 10 o’clock. As per our first day plan, we left our hotel for sight-seeing.
Our first stop was very famous Hidimba Temple. If you have seen Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, you must remember this place as in where Bunny and his gang had the funniest fight with locals. Although, Hidimba Temple has a very serene feel all around it.
Hidimba Temple: Basically, it is a cave temple where goddess Hidimbi, wife of Bhima, is being worshipped. Long pine trees and lush greenery all around the Hidimba Temple, gives it a very picturesque view. Outside the temple, there are numerous women sitting with Angora rabbits, for which they charge 20 INR per picture. We clicked many pictures and took selfies with those white fluffy rabbits and then left for our next destination which is Vashisht Temple.
Vashisht Temple: Vashisht Temple is nestled in Vashist village and the village got this name after the Guru Vashisht who was the teacher of Lord Ram and it is believed that Vashisht Temple is 4000 years old. We went inside the temple which had very alluring carved wooden interior and a sacred hot spring bath tub. Out of curiosity, I and my friends cleaned our hands and feet in that bath tub. After coming out of the temple, we decided to have lunch, so we stopped at Rainbow Café which was hardly any far from the temple and had a top-notch environment. Since we hadn’t slept well from last night so after lunch we decide to go back to our hotel and have some rest.
We woke up again around 7 o’clock and decided to go out for some shopping. The best part about Manali that no matter what hour of the day it is, weather is always pleasant here. Hence, we decided to walk to the Mall road.
Mall Road: Mall Road at any hill station is the most attractive place and same is in the case of Manali. Manali’s market is one of the most colorful markets I have ever seen and have several shops from where you can buy souvenirs and other things to gift your near and dear ones. After the shopping session we stopped by at The Corner House restaurant.
The Corner House Restaurant: It is a sober looking restaurant which has a classic décor and sitting arrangement. At this café we had Tandoori chicken and some beverage. You can have vegetarian meal as well at this restaurant as the menu includes several vegetarian delicacies.
After shopping we came back to our hotel, had dinner and ended our day sipping warm soup in our rooms.
Our second day started with a very soothing sound of burbling Beas River. We got ready in the morning and decided to have breakfast at some other place. So, around 10 o’clock in the morning, we left the hotel rooms and went to Old Manali which has some amazing cafes. After a lot struggle on deciding where to eat, we stopped at a very artsy café called People.
People Café: It is one of the cafes with cosy ambience and has a very lively vibe all around. Moreover, the menu includes scrumptious food. We ordered Tempura Rice which is a Japanese cuisine, Chicken Sandwich and Cappuccino.
Then we headed to Himalayan Nyingamapa Tibetan Monastery which took us just 15 minutes to reach from Old Manali.
Nyingamapa Tibetan Monastery: This monastery is built in a way that it represents the Tibetan architecture. The monastery also has beautiful paintings inside the temple which significantly depicts the life of Buddha. This beautiful monastery is very close to the mall road, so we went to mall road again to have something for lunch and then leave for Solang Valley. By the mid afternoon we left for Solang valley.
Solang Valley: It is one of the famous attractions in Manali which is around 15 kilometers from Mall road. Solang Valley is known for offering adventure activities like paragliding, parachuting and horse riding etc. We went to Solang Valley to experience paragliding. As it was my first Paragliding experience, I was quite excited that I have chosen to try that at the spectacular aura of Manali. It cost us around 1200 INR per person, although prices fluctuate depending upon the duration of your ride and also what time of the year you are planning Manali tour. By 9 o’clock, we came back to our hotel and since we were so tired after paragliding, we just had our dinner and ended the day with sound sleep.
We kept the best location to explore on our last day in Manali. After our breakfast, we rushed out for Rohtang Pass.
Rohtang Pass: It is the most gorgeous and spectaculat attraction nestled in Manali. There are several tourists who specifically plan Manali tour just to explore the charm of Rohtang Pass. It is almost 51 kilometers far from Manali and since we went to Manali in month of June, which is the peek time for travelers to visit Manali, it took us almost 4 hours to reach there. If you plan to go to Rohtang, you need to get Rohtang Pass permit which you can apply online also. Rohtang Pass is open for travelers in month of May to November. Even the road trip to Rohtang is very quintessential experience you will ever have. As it was taking so long for our car to move in the traffic, we decide to get out it and have a look at the majestic view of the valley. On our way, we rented ski dress and boots for each one of us, it cost us around 200 INR per person. As we reached there, all we could see was Himalayas covered in white sheet of snow. Rohtang pass has the most breath-taking views.
We came back from Rohtang and reached our hotel by 8PM. We had our dinner at hotel and packed our bags with heavy hearts as we had to leave for Delhi next morning.
Exploring Manali with my friends was one of the unforgettable experiences I have ever had. You too can plan Manali trip with best packages and also you can book your hotel in advance at EaseMyTrip that too in discounted price.